Raymond W. Markham
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM
Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Catholic Church, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri (corner of Hwy N and Hanley Road)
Luncheon following services at: Heritage of Hawk Ridge Club House in Lake St. Louis, MO from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In lieu of flowers donations may be made payable to: American Parkinson's Disease Association in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385
Ray was born in 1933 and grew up on the south side of St. Louis. As a boy he developed a life long love of St Louis sports as a member of the Cardinals Knothole Gang and regularly took the street car to see Cardinal and Browns games. In 1951, Ray graduated from McKinley High. Always the athlete and lifelong Goldbug, he actively competed in track and field, football and rugby. After attending classes at St Louis University, he decided to pursue a career in broadcasting.
Ray worked for several small stations in St. Louis in the late 50’s/early 60’s and wound up as a newscaster with KMOX AM in the late 60’s. From there, he took the next step in his career joining KTVI as a reporter covering the city hall beat. After his broadcasting career concluded, he formed a public relations consulting company specializing in corporate communications.
In 1973, Ray and his wife Judy purchased a hotel and restaurant in Ste. Genevieve MO. Long considered a weekend destination spot, the hotel and restaurant attracted many St. Louisians for a quick weekend getaway. They sold the operation in 1979 so he could pursue his next passion, raising money for those in need.
After joining Cardinal Glennon Hospital as their director of development, he quickly gained a reputation for innovation in modern non-for-profit fundraising techniques. He later applied his expertise for the Missionary Oblates in Belleville and then for the Missouri Province of the Jesuits. During his career he was an active member of the Downtown St. Louis Rotary Club and member of the Missouri Athletic Club.
In retirement, Ray and Judy enjoyed spending time in southwest Florida, playing golf and walking on the beach. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, rooting for the Cardinals, Rams and Blues, and offering his opinions on politics and current events. He battled Parkinsons’s disease for 20 years with courage. Even in his final days, his passion for life and dealing the obstacles of his disease provided inspiration to those who knew him.
Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years Judy (née Sexauer), his children Craig, Steven (Lisa), Lisa (Ed Luttrell) and Scott, and grandchildren Jeffrey Arnett, Addison Markham, Jake and Nicklaus Livingston, sisters Nancy Spindler, Phyllis Walsh, and Jackie Beard, and dozens of nieces and nephews.